Hello everyone. I’m Scott, an EMT, Emergency Dispatcher, UAV Enthusiast and Storm Chaser. I picked up ADS-B recently and just wanted to introduce myself.
I’m not new to FlightAware or RTL-SDRs, but I am new to RaspberryPi and ADS-B tracking. I’m still working on my setup and about to upgrade my antenna this week with a FlightAware 26” antenna with about 15’ LMR400 cable. I wanted to go with 3’ to reduce dB loss but I don’t have access to a weather proof box just yet (they’re kind of pricey).
Here’s my current setup:
-RaspberryPi 4 with Raspbian OS
-Cheap telescopic antenna that came with my original RTL-SDR NooElec Nesdr Smart (collapsed all the way down, of course)
-FlightAware ProStick Plus (upgraded last week…made about 50% coverage improvement)
-Coffee Can ground plane (temporary until I receive my new antenna).
-Feeding to FlightAware, FlightRadar24, RadarBox24 and ADSBExchange.
I live on the bottom floor of a 3 story apartment complex with my own fenced in back yard. My height for antenna placement is limited severely, however, I’m still able to reach about 100 NM out on average with random flights between 150-200 at times with my current setup. I haven’t seen any posts really detailing and showing everyone’s current setups so I’ll show mine and see if you all have any suggestions for improvement beyond the new antenna.